Practices like yoga, meditation, and kirtan can help curb the need for general health care services by almost 50 percent!
Imagine if before and after a hectic day of work, everyone took twenty minutes to stretch and objectively contemplate their life’s journey.
According to a Harvard study, such simple practices could change our world – and the healthcare system – dramatically
The study, conducted by Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)’s Institute for Technology Assessment and the Benson-Henry Institute (BHI), concluded that evoking a relaxation response or a physiologic state of deep rest helps alleviate stress and anxiety while positively benefiting one’s heart and rate and blood pressure.
It is noted by the study’s author that stress-related illnesses, such as anxiety and depression, are the third-highest causes of health expenditures in the United States (after heart disease and cancer, which are also affected by stress).
Said James E. Stahl of MGH:
“Our study’s primary finding is that programs that train patients to elicit the relaxation response — specifically those taught at the BHI — can also dramatically reduce health care utilization.
TheNewsMinute summarizes that the findings were discerned by doing a comparative analysis of information available on Research Patient Data Registry (RPDR) of Partners HealthCare and data on individuals participating in the BHI Relaxation Response Resiliency Program (3RP). The data extended from 2006 to 2014 and allowed researchers to conclude that practitioners of yoga/meditation/prayer spent significantly lower than non-practitioners on medical services.
In addition, it was also found that practitioners primarily benefitted from neurologic, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and gastrointestinal ailments.
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